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On July 2, 2020, I joined my favorite broadcaster, “Col. Mike” of the John Fredericks Show, syndicated out of Virginia, for a wide-ranging discussion about the issues of the day—from the Soweto-style shantytowns that had sprung-up in Seattle, to China and the Covid quagmire, to America’s immigration-visa labyrinth, and more.

In his interview style, the Colonel, so dubbed in deference to his military rank, will remind older listeners of the legendary George Putnam (by whom I was honored to be interviewed years back).

To wit, when this columnist ventured that the Seattle police had no business deserting their headquarters and posts; that their first duty was to uphold the negative rights of the citizens of Seattle, not to obey the politized commands of Police Chief Carmen Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan—Col. Mike, who knows a thing or two about a chain-of-command, roared:

“They should all be fired.”

Businesses looted and boarded-up are currently suing the City of Seattle. This farce was explored during the interview—for who do think will pay for their legal remedy? You, the taxpayer! Taxpayers are subsidizing the degeneracy of politicians like Mayor Jenny, who should be collared and cuffed for abnegating her constitutional duty to uphold the property rights of her constituents.

Spotlighted was the manner in which high-tech was changing the city, draining it of its character and of the many quirky characters that made Seattle what it was.

Discussed, too, was the outsourcing of American lives to China (and India), a matter this column has been covering since the early 2000s. By “lives” we mean the very stuff of life. Not mere jobs; but careers, not just some products, but entire production lines; not one or two manufacturing plants, but the means of production.

More crucially, China didn’t force the traitors of the American economy to shift crucial production lines to its country and strand Americans without surgical and N-95 masks and medication; homegrown turncoats did. Giants of industry and technology, aided by the philosophical pygmies in government: They made these decisions, all by their lonesome.

COVID saw many a Chinese multinational galvanize to ship supplies to the Mother Ship: back home. Ostensibly international, Chinese companies operating in Australia, for example, began vacuuming up tons of medical materials in the host country and beyond, between January 24 and February 29, in order to send back to China.

Indeed, home is where you ship your masks to.

And much more.

The spouse alleges that I blurted out that the sight of policemen and guardsmen across the U.S. kneeling before their black tormentors conjured scenes from the film “Deliverance.” Denied!

If nothing else, you’ll enjoy the debonair Colonel:

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid

 
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  1. “More crucially, China didn’t force the traitors of the American economy to shift crucial production lines to its country and strand Americans without surgical and N-95 masks and medication; homegrown turncoats did. Giants of industry and technology, aided by the philosophical pygmies in government: They made these decisions, all by their lonesome.”
    Correct.
    And what philosophy did the pygmies in government & business have ? Neoliberalism & conservationism. The philosophy which reigns to this day.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  2. I’m watching a YouTube video on Israel and it’s a sh*thole indeed! Can’t buy class…

    • Replies: @Kerry
    , @Druid
  3. @animalogic

    And “Neoliberalism & conservationism” are built on Paul Krugman’s interpretation of the theory of “comparative advantage” (first posited by Ricardo).

    The theory runs like this: even though you (as a country) can’t do anything particularly well, are, in fact, a second rater in virtually everything, you can nevertheless find a niche in today’s globalized economy. You must let us (meaning the glorified quant economists of the WTO and international banking) find that thing of which you are least INcapable–not most incapable–and you must focus on that.

    Do the thing that you’re least bad at doing and you will find a place in the new, fully interconnected economy. Put all your eggs into this basket and all will turn out well. Don’t try to be independent, self-sufficient, a wayward crank who aspires to and embraces autarky. That is the path of retrograde laggards.

    So, to sum up. Even though you’re a f*ckup, if you let us force you into doing that at which you are the least likely to completely f*ckup, then, hey, you can be a player (i.e. we will loan you start-up money for said enterprise, the repayment of which will take decades and will allow us to prescribe your political and economic life for the duration of the loan).

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  4. @ThreeCranes

    And “Neoliberalism & conservationism” are built on Paul Krugman’s interpretation of the theory of “comparative advantage” (

    Which itself is built on finance capitalism.

  5. “…the many quirky characters that made Seattle what it was”

    s’truth. Now there’s only one left. And she should make aliyah

    ASAP.

  6. Kerry says:
    @Sya Beerens

    How is that even relevant to the interview?

    Israel lives in your head rent free doesn’t it?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. Druid says:
    @Sya Beerens

    What’s the title?

    • Replies: @Sya Beerens
  8. unit472 says:

    Whether or not you believe the Covid virus to be a naturally occurring virus or not ( I don’t ) there can be no doubt that the Chinese government lied about it and let it loose upon the world. This raises an interesting issue. Covid has killed more Americans than the Japanese military did in WW2 and has done far more economic damage than Imperial Japan ever could.

    Of course this is not the first pathogen to come out of China and infect the world. SARS, H1N1, swine flu are some of China’s other 21st century ‘exports’. Why the US government to say nothing of Europe, Russia, Latin America and the rest of the world are not sanctioning China and demanding compensation for what was, in effect, criminal behavior is puzzling.

  9. A crap load of believing and and no proof in your post.

    Please go to RealityExistsBetweenMyEars.com where you belong.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  10. @Drapetomaniac

    My apologies. I was responding to unit472.

  11. ruralguy says:

    Col. Mike’s remark about “firing them,” reminded me of an incident, about 5 years ago, while driving down a seldom-used road near my place. I saw four uniformed Minneapolis police in their police cars that were were parked on the road, pheasant hunting with two dogs that must have been police dogs. This is about 30 miles from Minneapolis. They were friendly and talkative. Eventually I looked at the mpls emblem on their cars and gave them a puzzled look. One of the officers noticed and said “There is not much we can do there anymore.” Very true.

  12. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kerry

    >> “How is that even relevant to the interview?”

    INTERVIEW TITLE: “From Soweto-In-Seattle to Other Sh-Thole Places”

    NOTE: “…Other Sh-Thole Places.”

    SYA BEERENS: “I’m watching a YouTube video on Israel and it’s a sh*thole”

    Capisce?

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